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Title: On design concept validation through prototyping: Challenges and opportunities
Authors: Arastehfar, S.
Liu, Y. 
Lu, W.F.
Keywords: Communication
Concept validation
Conceptual design
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Arastehfar, S.,Liu, Y.,Lu, W.F. (2013). On design concept validation through prototyping: Challenges and opportunities. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 6 DS75-06 : 119-128. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Prototyping is widely used as a means to illustrate and exemplify design requirements and intents and interact with designers and users. This paper aims to review the role and function of prototyping particularly in design concept validation. It reveals that prototypes offer interactive communication of concepts where the sense and perception of design concept intended by users is of primary importance. Our review also illustrates the rising trend from a physical prototyping approach to a more digital or mixed prototyping means. Accordingly, product attributes, whose values are presented by a prototype in conceptual design, are categorized into two major groups, namely sensed attributes and experienced attributes. The values of sensed attributes are directly received by human physiological senses and the values of experienced attributes are perceived through man-product\service interaction. Finally, by summarizing many existing research efforts including the communication of attribute values, this paper presents several major challenges in design concept validation through prototyping. It opens up a discussion regarding potential opportunities associated in this direction.
Source Title: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
ISBN: 9781904670490
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